10 quick and easy Valentine's Day ideas

Serving up a romantic dinner for two doesn't have to be a hassle this Valentine's Day. Whether you opt for a quick-cook steak, a speedy pasta, fun fakeaway or rich, chocolately dessert, our delicious Valentine's Day ideas are sure to steal hearts.

Duck with five spice roasted cauliflower
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Duck with five spice roasted cauliflower

This succulent duck recipe is the perfect treat for Valentine's Day. Tender duck breasts are served with crispy cauliflower florets seasoned with aromatic five spice. Best of all, this easy recipe requires just four ingredients and can be prepared in 30 minutes.

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the cauliflower florets and cook for 2 minutes, then drain. Put in a roasting tray and drizzle over the olive oil, then sprinkle with the Chinese five spice. Turn to coat well. 
  2. Score the fat of the duck breasts at 2cm (1in) intervals and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Heat an ovenproof frying pan until hot, then lay the duck breasts in the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 5 minutes, until golden. Turn the ducks breasts over, then put in the oven with the cauliflower roasting tray.
  3. Roast the duck for 12 minutes for medium and 16 minutes for well done. Remove the duck from the oven and rest, covered with foil. Stir the cauliflower and return to the oven for a further 7 minutes. 
  4. Slice the duck breasts and serve with the cauliflower florets and some salad leaves, if liked.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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  • Ingredients
  • 350g (11 1/2oz) cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 2 duck breasts
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